West Virginia correctional staff, cadets fired over photo of Nazi salute

West Virginia intends to educate its correction department staff about the Holocaust after a photo of some correctional cadets and state officials holding a Nazi salute has emerged.

A spokesman for the Department of Military Affairs and Public Security in West Virginia informed The Associated Press that the head of the regional chapter of the Anti-Defamation League would compose the program and that the agency committed “to take all necessary steps to do so.” to reach”.

The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The announcement came after Governor Jim Justice (R) said the more than 30 trainees in the photo and their trainers would be fired.

“As I said from the start, I strongly condemn the elementary school photo of 18,” Justice said in a statement. “I also said that this act must have real consequences – layoffs and layoffs. I do not tolerate this type of behavior in any government agency. “

The judicial decision was made after an internal government investigation showed that the gesture was used in the classroom within the first two or three weeks of training, and symbolized a “sign of respect for Byrd,” the class teacher, whose first name was not given.

“The investigation found that she encouraged, indulged, and sometimes returned the gesture,” the report said. “Byrd also appeared to be overriding the corrective action taken by others and assuring the cadets that the behavior was acceptable.”

Byrd, who taught a course on “Cultural Diversity,” told investigators that she was not aware of the “historical or racial implications of the gesture.”

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